The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season came to an end with the team falling 10 wins short of its goal and failing to make it out of the NLDS after reaching the NLCS in 2013. With the Dodgers failing to reach their expectations for a second consecutive year, the presumption is changes will be made prior to the 2015 season.
There’s speculation general manger Ned Colletti’s job may be in jeopardy, and change may also come via free agency. Hanley Ramirez played out the final year of his contract without receiving so much as an offer
While Ramirez’s future with the team may be on shaky ground, his social media presence suggests he’s in good spirits. The shortstop tweeted Thursday he was flying to Miami, where he calls home, and added he hoped to remain with the Dodgers.
On Friday, Ramirez revealed his spirit animal to his following:
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) October 10, 2014
Ramirez wasn’t alone in tweeting out his spirit animal, as Justin Turner followed suit:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 10, 2014
Turner signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers and is eligible for arbitration this winter. The Long Beach, Calif. native provided a key bat off the bench, hitting .400 with 10 RBIs in 30 pinch-hit at-bats.
Turner also proved to be an asset defensively, playing at least one game at each infield spot with the lone exception being catcher. While Turner filled an important role for the Dodgers, he managed just two at-bats in four NLDS games, both as a pinch-hitter.
The Dodgers’ season may have come to a disappointing end, but both players appear to be taking a moment to enjoy a break that will go by quickly and they’ll soon find themselves on the doorstep of another 162-game season.